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The Facial Grimace
The facial grimace is useful as a way to tell if a sheep is in pain, and how much pain.
Exit Drenching after Pre-lamb Treatments
At this time of the year, exit drenching is the term that we need to be thinking about the most. The idea behind exit drenching is that animals which were treated with a long-acting drench prior to lambing are likely to be approaching the end of the payout period of that product.
Swedish Gotland Pelt Sheep
Gotlands are born with jet black, silken coats (prized generations ago for fur coats) and change colour as they age. Their faces and legs are black with no wool – barrels on toothpicks.
Black & Coloured Sheep
Sheep with naturally coloured wool are found occasionally in most breeds. There are two colour ranges from black to pale grey, and from brown to pale cream.
Treatment options for foot problems in sheep and goats
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
One of the problems that can occur when a ewe is lambing is that the cervix doesn't relax and expand fully.
Doing Faecal Egg Counts on sheep
Faecal Egg Counts measure the eggs per gram of faeces (epg) that pass through a sheep and hence the worm load.
Fostering orphan lambs
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this, she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
With today's more fertile sheep breeds, inevitably there are more lambs born, which everyone thinks is a good thing.
Shearing a sheep using hand shears
There are many methods used around the world to shear a sheep using hand shears or blades.
Intensive shepherding for small flocks
It's worth providing all the help you can in a small flock. Here are some suggestions:
How to lift a sheep over a fence
Many back injuries occur when sheep are being handled, especially when lifting sheep over a fence.
30 suggestions to save lambs
Every lamb is worth saving this spring - so it's worth putting a lot of effort into your lambing management.
Condition scoring sheep
When considering the state of health of a sheep, it's a great help to know its liveweight.
Sheep are seasonal breeders and ewes are stimulated to cycle by the declining daylight pattern in Autumn.
A few hours before lambing, a ewe will move away from the main flock to find a quiet birth site.
Hogget lambing is regularly promoted as a way to increase income, but results have been variable in the past.
Docking removes most of the lamb’s tail to prevent the build-up of dags on the wool around the sheep’s back end.
Things to think about before you buy sheep
Maybe a good time for small farmers to start thinking about more sheep.